Are you about to publish a novel? Would you like to authorize a partner to distribute your work?

Have you considered protecting your works through copyright?

Whether you are a creator, a start-up a small and medium sized, or a large company, it is essential to defend your copyright!

Copyright are rights acquired automatically by someone who creates an original work such as a literary work, a song or a movie.

Copyrights are composed of :

  • Moral rights allow the author to respect his name and his work. Moral rights are perpetual, imprescriptible and inalienable.
  • Economic rights confer a monopoly of economic exploitation to the author.

Copyright is acquired without formalities, as soon as the work is born. Copyright therefore does not require any formality in France, as opposed to English-speaking countries.

However, it is necessary to be able to prove the authorship of the work.

It is possible to do so through a Soleau envelope to ensure the anteriority of the creation.

As soon as the work meets the criteria of copyright, the owner of the work has a monopoly of exploitation over it.

When a person wishes to exploit the work, it is necessary to seek the authorization of the owner.

Thus, it is then necessary to establish a contract for the transfer of copyright. A carefully drawn up assignment contract ensures you a high level of protection of your rights and the untroubled exploitation of your works.

Our experts at Dreyfus can help you in particular with:


  • Drafting and negotiation of contracts for the transfer and exploitation of rights (representation & reproduction)
  • Drafting and negotiation of representation, publishing and audiovisual production contracts
  • Drafting agreements to secure your situation
  • Managing notifications to remove illegal content send to web hosters
  • Litigation against counterfeiting and related offences (actions against illegal Internet downloading and streaming platforms, against publishers and users of software clearly intended for the provision of protected works, etc.)
  • Litigation relating to the exploitation of creations (counterfeiting, unfair and parasitic competition, all types of disputes concerning the execution of contracts governing the creative process and the exploitation of creations)